A guide for Maine sea kayaking

May 5, 2004
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A guide for Maine sea kayaking
Question: My wife and I are planning a trip to Maine the last two weeks of September. We would like to sea kayak. Can you recommend a reputable guide service? Thanks.

Greg Cravatas
Medina, OH
[email protected]

Adventure Adviser: A couple of suggestions: Maine Island Kayak Company has a handful of guided, multiday paddling trips in mid- to late September. Choose from a two-day paddle/camping trip from the tiny fishing harbor of Stonington through a multitude of dome-shaped, granite islands to Acadia National Park's Isle Au Haut, or one of several two-day trips to some of Maine's oldest lighthouses in and around Portland and Rockland. Trip prices range from $200 to $400 per person, depending on destination and including all meals, instruction, and group equipment (BYO sleeping bag and pad). Call the Peaks Island-based outfitter at 800-796-2373 for more information.

From firsthand experience, I can recommend Coastal Kayaking Tours, a Bar Harbor guide service that runs multiday camping trips throughout the summer and early fall. By mid-September, when the winds pick up, they cut back their overnights to on-demand only, which means you'll need to call ahead and have a minimum of four people. Otherwise, they're still running half- and full-day paddles ($43 and $65 per person, including all equipment) through early October. Call 800-526-8615.

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